Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Pt. 1 ~ Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gurihiru (Artist)

Description:  The wait is over! Ever since the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender, its millions of fans have been hungry for more – and it’s finally here! Think of it as Book (season) Four of Avatar! This series rejoins Aang and friends for exciting new adventures, beginning with a faceoff against the Fire Nation that threatens to throw the world into another war, testing all of Aang’s powers and ingenuity! Written by National Book Award Nominee Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), in close collaboration with series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, this is the story that Avatar lovers have been clamoring for, as well as a perfect jumping-on point for new fans!

Review:  Provided via NetGalley

The Fire Lord has been defeated & imprisoned. The four nations come together and make plans for peace. With defusing hostilities between Fire & Earth Nations in mind, the Harmony Project is created and the plan to move Fire Nation colonies back to Fire Nation is put into effect.

Zuko asked Aang for a terrible promise: if Zuko becomes a terror like his father, he asked Aang to kill him before he becomes as destructive. Zuko doesn’t want to terrorize the world like his father did.

A year has passed and Aang helped many colonies move back to Fire Nation. Zuko has become increasingly paranoid due to several assassination attempts. The latest attempt made Zuko seek out one of the oldest colonies in Earth Nation, Yu Dao. The people there have blended over the years and the city is made up of Earth and Fire Nation citizens. It would be wrong to uproot the people from Yu Dao and force them back to Fire Nation. Zuko canceled the Harmony Project without any notice and new resistance grows amongst the populous.

Overwhelmed and growing ever more paranoid, the story ends with Zuko seeking advice from his father.

I had no expectations when I started to read this graphic novel. I had a vague idea that it would be some sort of adventure with a large dollop of romance between Aang & Katara. Man was I wrong! The story deals with the aftereffects of epic battle and the measures people take towards peace. It’s about friendship, assumed ideas, trying new things, and learning that you don’t always have the answer. I enjoyed reading & viewing this book and look forward to Part 2 of the Promise.

I laughed out loud when Toph showed Katara what oogies is to stop any confusion on what it could be.

I have to say, I really love Guruhiru. The story is cool and interesting but it wouldn’t be as great without the art. I loved the art and coloring. Go Guruhiru!

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